Monday December 27 2010
Robinho: 'I'm happy at Milan'

Robinho welcomes Antonio Cassano and reveals what made him rediscover his form. “I want to stay with Milan for 10 years.”

The former Manchester City striker struggled in the Premier League and was visibly unhappy, but has hit his stride in Serie A.

“I must admit I didn't expect to have such a positive start straight away,” he told the Corriere dello Sport.

“If it went this well, it is because I worked in the right way. There was no particular secret other than hard work and belief in my own abilities. Adding in the belief of the Coach and my teammates, then obviously things were set to go well.

“At Milan everyone appreciates Brazilians and my family felt that too. I am so happy with the way I was welcomed to the club. As for the Italians, Rino Gattuso taught me what it means to play in a side like Milan. He never pulls out of the tackle, not even in training.

“I feel happy here. I want to stay at Milan for 10 years, then at the age of 36 I can hang up my boots.”

Robinho has a new teammate as of today, because his former Real Madrid colleague Cassano joined from Sampdoria.

“I am certain he will be happy and help us to win a great deal. I already played alongside Antonio in Madrid and, if his head is in the right place, he can do extraordinary things.

“I also remember the number of pranks he played on me. He's such a good laugh off the field, a generous and funny guy, even if he has a difficult personality.”